Blake trains with PNE

Sylvain Ebanks-Blake
Sylvain Ebanks-Blake
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Former Wolves striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is training with Preston North End.

The 28-year-old front man has been without a club since leaving Ipswich in the summer.

Ebanks-Blake has trained with Brentford, Oldham and Bradford this season.

He trained with the PNE squad for three days last week, although did not feature in the bounce game at Wolves.

At this stage it is just a case of Ebanks-Blake trying to get fit, with North End running the rule over him while he does.

With him being a free agent, he could sign for a club outside of the transfer window.

But it remains to be seen whether Preston would look at such a short-term measure ahead of being able to make a move for other targets in January.

Ebanks-Blake was a trainee with Manchester United, making two appearances in their first-team before joining Plymouth for £200,000.

He really made his name with Wolves who bought him for £1.5m in January 2008.

In his time at Molineux he scored 64 goals in 193 appearances.

Wolves released him at the in May 2013 and he joined Ipswich on a short-term deal last January.

His Ipswich debut came against PNE in the FA Cup, a game he limped out of after 30 minutes.

l Bailey Wright has been named in Australia’s provisional 46-man squad for January’s Asian Cup.

That is despite the young centre-half having been out of action since October having undergone groin surgery.

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has included all 23 players who were in his World Cup squad.

The 46-man squad will be trimmed down to 23 on December 27, with the Asian Cup starting on January 9.

North End hope to have 22-year-old Wright back in training in the next couple of weeks.